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American Advertising Federation of Wichita skips ADDYs, district awards them

03/29/2013 5:00 AM

03/29/2013 5:29 AM

WICHITA — This time of year traditionally has been when the Wichita advertising community gathers for its annual awards to honor some of the best work of the previous year.

This year, though, there's no dinner, cocktail hour or gathering of any sort, and there almost weren't any awards.

"It was a scare for the local club, and as a district we were happy to help out," says Ryan Brown, ADDY awards chairman for District 9 of the American Advertising Federation.

"For some reason, it just slipped," Brown says of the Wichita chapter doing the awards. "I'm not sure what the correct word would be. It wasn't a high priority, I guess."

The awards were mailed to winners this week.

"We as a district decided to have the (competition), so we went ahead and did it," Brown says.

Wichita chapter president Ryan Schafer, who works for Koch Creative Group, says it was his fault the awards weren't handled locally and that there's no program this year.

"We passed off those responsibilities to the district because we didn't really have the capabilities and the time to take care of it this year, so that's kind of what happened," he says. "I was busy with a lot of other organizations. ... It does fall on me."

Schafer says a small group of people put on the program last year.

There were 200 entries in 2012 and 64 this year.

"We really are kind of in a transition period," Schafer says.

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A Michigan native, Carrie’s father was quite tragically transferred to Little Rock, Ark., in the middle of her sophomore year of high school. To make matters worse, her parents put her in a girls school. She recovered, though, and went on to enjoy being an English major at Hendrix College (the Harvard of the Ozarks, don’t you know). She worked for the weekly Arkansas Business and the statewide daily Arkansas Democrat-Gazette before moving to Wichita to be with her favorite writer and cook, husband Joe Stumpe.

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